If you saw someone shooting at random people, would you issue commands to stop before shooting?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by B81, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    This video shows a active shooter situation at a Walmart. The shooter was a tweaker with a history of substance abuse and other mental problems. A CCW'er, who also happens to be a pastor, puts a stop to it. Before the pastor puts the tweaker down, he shouts commands to the tweaker to stop and put his gun down. The pastor shoots when the tweaker fails to comply.

    The pastor witnessed the tweaker shooting at random people in the Walmart. The guy was obviously an imminent deadly threat to everyone around him.

    To be honest, I'm not sure that I would have bothered to shout commands at the guy. If I see someone taking shots at random people, and I've got a clear shot, I could see myself just putting him down then and there. If I shout commands at him and wait to see if he will comply, I put myself at risk of getting shot.

    How would you respond?
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  2. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Shout at him to stop before shooting as I don’t want other CCWers or bystanders and cops to misinterpret me for another bad guy!!!!
    I want my intentions known.

  3. Bugs

    Bugs Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Warning shot to torso followed by 2nd warning shot to head.
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  4. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Nope just shoot the SOB.
  5. FredZ

    FredZ Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 7, 2017
    Nope just take your best shot.

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  6. shootin-blanks

    shootin-blanks Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
  7. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    I'd warn him, but that's me.
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  8. Acroyer

    Acroyer Off my meds Supporting Addict

    Dec 16, 2015
    Depends: If he is facing me, I pop him. If he is facing away from me, I give him a chance.
  9. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    If he was unaware I would not want to give up that advantage. I would just shoot. I am no longer active LE and my use of force policy is the state statute, which does not require it. I'd feel really stupid if I gave him a warning and I, or someone else ended up shot over it. I was taught at the academy that I have no right to gamble with any innocent life, including my own. When you have the solution, you exercise it.
  10. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire

    Apr 12, 2016
    On the other side....
    Greg Ellifritz,who often has articles in ASP,had an incident posted today about a woman shooting a suspect that was about to shoot a cop.
    She's currently being sued by the guys estate.
    Makes you think about who you're willing to throw it all away for.
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  11. DMiller

    DMiller Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    No warning, just shoot.
  12. HooDoo Man

    HooDoo Man Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 26, 2017
    If the perp was shooting randomly. He's toast. if it's 2 or more going at it, find cover and defend myself. Hopefully.
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  13. The Mulberrian

    The Mulberrian Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2019
    Surprise is your friend in a gunfight.
  14. Bugs

    Bugs Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Ah, add a little sport to the game. Nice.
  15. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Shoot and stop the threat, the chances are he's not going to hear you anyway and you give up your position and draw attention to yourself
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  16. Gimpster

    Gimpster Kevin G Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2017
    I have too many disadvantages in a gun fight to not use the element of surprise in this situation! Shoot first for sure!
  17. BillKilgore

    BillKilgore Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    As the Op stated, he is randomly shooting people. That means he is an immediate deadly threat to everybody around him. I would not hesitate to shoot him until he is no longer a threat.
  18. cgff

    cgff Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2015
    Immediately remove the threat.
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  19. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    Shoot him 3 times then yell at him to drop the weapon :D
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  20. mikemac

    mikemac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Apr 22, 2017
    He is already shooting. To me that is a green light to take him out.

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